COVID-19 Information

UC Santa Barbara's Response to the Global Pandemic

Campus officials continue to work closely with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and with the UC Office of the President to provide the community with the most current information regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic. The university has in place a COVID-19 working group and a COVID-19 response team to adapt to the situation as it evolves.

Students and employees are encouraged to consult with their health care providers and to obtain additional information from the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

COVID-19 Questions

Students, faculty, and staff who are in need of assistance related to the campus’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can email

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Campus Updates

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our community and to assist our students, faculty and staff in managing the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has taken a number of actions and adopted a variety of practices and protocols. These are outlined in campus communications.

Read the latest updates

Campus Requirements

The campus observes the University of California - Policy on Vaccination Programs for all students, faculty, and staff, and has instituted specific requirements for testing and masking.

Learn more about campus requirements


The campus’s vaccination efforts are directed by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine


COVID-19 testing is available on campus for current students, faculty, and staff members through at-home rapid antigen test kits, available without charge at many campus locations. Students who have symptoms of COVID-19 or believe they have been exposed to the virus can also obtain PCR testing at Student Health; faculty and staff should use community sites for PCR testing. 

Read more about testing

Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

The University offers a wealth of information and numerous resources to help students, faculty and staff manage their health and wellness while mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Help to mitigate the spread

Messages to Campus

University officials are providing important updates and information to students, faculty and staff regarding campus operations and planning efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the latest messages to campus

Resource Index

A variety of resources are available to assist undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and even prospective students as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

View the resource index


The COVID-19 dashboard represents the testing and case counts among those who reside in university housing or who work, study, or conduct research on campus. After 12/22/22, these numbers will only reflect the tests done at Student Health or positive results that are self-reported.

Explore the dashboard